Iowa Open Will Move Elsewhere In 2017
After seven years at Lake Panorama National, the Iowa Open will move to another location for 2017. The 2016 tournament August 18-21 was the seventh year with Brokers International as the lead sponsor. During the awards ceremony, it was announced the company would sponsor the event again in 2017. That changed once LPN and Iowa PGA staff started to look at the calendar. The Solheim Cup, a biennial tournament of professional women golfers from the United States and Europe, will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club August 18-20, 2017. There was agreement the Iowa Open shouldn’t be held the same weekend.
Since the LPN already has a full schedule of weekend events in 2017, there weren’t any other available dates until late September. A September date would mean losing the full field of 144 players the tournament has attracted since 2011. The LPN thanks Brokers International and the Roger McCarty family for their support over the last seven years. Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped with the tournament over the last seven years, and the support from area businesses and the community. The Iowa PGA is in discussions with other golf courses about hosting the 2017 tournament.
Golf Course Updates
Lake Panorama National
Pro shop hours at the LPN now are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with adjustments made during inclement weather. Green fees are $38 from course opening until 3 p.m. and $28 from 3 p.m. until dusk. These rates include shared cart. Now is a great time to get together with friends and enjoy some fall golf at Lake Panorama National. Book tee times by calling 641-755-2024.
The pro shop and restrooms are closed for the season, and carts are no longer available for rent; however, golf is still available at Panorama West. This par-3 course with some optional par-4 tees is the perfect place for some fall exercise. Current green fees are $16 and can be paid at the kiosk near the first tee.
November Happenings at The Links
Beginning this Tuesday, The Links Restaurant will feature some daily specials Tuesday thru Sunday, with something for everyone throughout the week. Make plans to stop by the Links and enjoy great food and fun.
Tuesdays are family night. Spend some quality family time eating dinner on Tuesday evenings. Starting at 5 p.m., kids under 10 eat FREE from the kids' menu. This is limited to four free kids' meals per family.
Wednesdays are men's night. Two Ping Pong tables are setup in the banquet room by 4 p.m., and pick-up matches are held throughout the evening. A mini-golf course also will be available, so bring your own putter and golf ball. This Wednesday, FREE appetizers will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., with appetizer and drink specials to follow each week.
Thursdays offer specials for women. Leave the husband and kids at home and spend Thursday evenings with your girlfriends at the Links. To kickoff the first women's night, FREE appetizers will be served this Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Appetizer and drink specials will be offered each Thursday after that.
Make plans for Fridays at the Links with a special prime rib dinner. This delicious meal, delivered to your table, will include a dinner salad, prime rib, baked potato and a vegetable. The price is $22.95. Call the restaurant at 641-755-2100 for reservations.
Come watch college football at The Links on Saturdays, when $0.50 wings and $5 domestic pitchers are featured. Bring your family and friends for game day and enjoy cold drinks and great food, while cheering your favorite team to victory.
The popular Sunday breakfast buffet continues, and now is available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items on the buffet vary weekly, and include such things as scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, rolls and Danishes. The cost, with drink included, is $9.95.
Pro Shop Year-End Sale Underway
The LPN pro shop's year-end sale now underway offers some great deals. All men's short-sleeved polos are discounted 40 percent, with men's outerwear 30 percent off. All women's clothing is 40 percent off. All golf shoes, headwear and golf balls are discounted 25 percent, with all golf bags 20 percent off. Additional racks of clearance are 50 and 75 percent off. Current pro shop hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.